Call to turn down lights

COASTAL residents are being urged to dim their lights to help the turtles orientate themselves with the horizon.

Recent pictures taken by turtle volunteer James Limpus shows significant light pollution reaching Mon Repos from lights at Bargara.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling said the Department of Environment and Resource Management had been satellite tracking some turtles prior to nesting and preliminary results had shown they were avoiding lighted areas.

"This amount of illumination can disorient hatchlings even at Mon Repos, and cause adult turtles to move away from nesting at the beaches, as we have been documenting for Kelly's Beach at Bargara," she said.

She said DERM was working with the Bundaberg Regional Council to reduce the lighting without compromising on safety.

The annual Cut the Glow campaign had been much quieter this turtle season with a change in focus.

"The main focus this year has been with schools and events such as Joggers for Loggers, and visitors on the nightly turtle tours at the Mon Repos information centre," she said.

"Also in early November DERM did a mail out to coastal residents between Coral Cove and Burnett Heads asking for their help to Cut the Glow."

For more information on Cut the Glow visit www.derm.qld.gov.au.



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